Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Marshall: Four Months

(Let's just expect that I will always be late with Marshall's posts!)

Marshall turned four months old on the Fourth of July!

Our little Marshmallow is officially 26 inches long (82%) and 14 pounds 11 ounces (44%). He is maintaining his longer, leaner profile.

He is wearing all 6 month clothes and jumped up to 9 month pajamas right before he turned four months old. Literally one night he suddenly didn't fit his six month footie pajamas anymore.

Marshall's sleep is pretty much the same as last month. Mostly he gets up just once a night, with a couple times of twice a night and a couple times with a 7+ hours stretch. He has moved up his bed time to about 8:00pm. He starts to get grumpy around 7:30pm. We wake him up for the day (during the week) around 7:20 and he takes two 2-3 hour naps.

His eating is about the same as last month as well. Marshall eats about every 2-3 hours with me and usually 2-3 4 ounce bottles at daycare. On the other side of things, he tends to spit up quite a bit (nothing that I am concerned with, I keep looking up reflux and he doesn't really qualify). We also give him major applause any day he manages to not poop on his clothes at daycare, ha ha.

Marshall still has no teeth, but I keep thinking we are really close! He chews on everything. That includes his pacifier, which he still refuses to actually use.

We still haven't seen much change to his eyes. I would guess they will be some version of hazel. He just started losing his hair though. It is all over his bouncy seat and he had a bald strip along the back of his head. At least his new hair has started growing back in already.

Marshall is such a smiley baby! He has turned out to be so easy going. Generally he will just hang out while we cook or play with Vander. He loves laying on a blanket or chilling in his bouncer.

He has started getting close to sitting on his own and loves to stand up. Squeaks loves his tummy time and can hold his head up 90 degrees very well. He he made a couple little attempts to push himself up with him arms.

Marshall also enjoys when you read books with him, sing or talk to him, and especially loves kisses.

His firsts this month included his first Rockies game, trip to the pool and trying out the exersaucer!

Love this little guy so much :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Marshall's Space Theme Nursery

I finished Marshall's nursery almost six weeks ago, but have not had a change to take pictures until recently.

After weighing several options of how to design the new nursery, we settled on a space theme. Even once we settled on that, we had to decide colors and what type of decor.

I think it turned out great!

We used the crib and glider from Vander's room. The room is painted Behr "Skyline Steel" which is a light bluish grey. It was exactly what I wanted. The bedding is a constellation design that is on the sheet, bed skirt, valance, and changing pad cover.

We used the same block letters as Vander's room. I found a paint that matched the bedding colors really well and made my own constellation designs that match the patterns on the bedding. This turned out awesome!

The last two things I did were commit to how to decorate this wall and complete the mobile. It is straight across from the door so I needed something that would fill up the wall well enough but I struggled to decide on prints I wanted. I found these on Etsy and used frames from IKEA. Dylan helped me do an excellent job of spacing them all out.

I also made this super awesome mobile. It is Harry Potter themed, using the chapter pictures from Sorcerer's Stone and Prisoner of Azkaban (the Chamber of Secrets images were very dark in color and a little too scary), that I put on star cut outs so it still fits the space theme.

We put together two Kallax shelves and put them as an "L" in the corner. I had wanted this to be a little bit more of a bench, but the vent for the room is on the floor in this spot, so I had to get legs to raise the shelves off the floor. I bought the cube storage ottoman to provide a step stool to get onto the shelves and for the boys to generally play with.

I am in love with the little Itty Bitty's from Hallmark. We officially have all of the Star Wars set and I rotate which couple characters are out. The pillow is from Pottery Barn.

For the main wall we put up a vinyl solar system in a dark grey. We also added a Death Star, which lead to our little bit of nerd theme to the room. Dylan helped make sure the planets were in order and spaced out relatively appropriately.

I found this perfect lamp at Target. It has a night light function, which is what we have it set to with the light switch since I still have night feedings. The adorable penguin has a little rocket on his back and came from one of my aunts. It is from the same collection as the sailor bear in Vander's room. 

For the closet, we did the same closet shelving system as in Vander's closet, but arranged differently since Marshall's closet is longer. I also took off the doors and put curtains in place instead. (This is clearly not a clean staged photo since there are a lot of not perfectly organized things).

The nursery turned out great! I love hanging out in there and I am glad I was final able to share it with you all!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Marshall: Three Months

Another great month in the books!

Marshall is approximately 25.5 inches long and 14 pounds. We packed away basically all of his three month clothes and he fits comfortably in the six month outfits.

Big changes this month included being home with dad for a couple weeks and starting daycare.

Sleep was much improved this month. Marshall even slept through the night a couple times! I would say on average I get up once a night during my sleep time. Marshall would prefer to sleep from like 11pm to 11am, but fortunately daycare has been and will help move that earlier. Since he started daycare at the end of his third month, that kind of threw off his schedule, even if it did lead to some solid sleeping at night.

Since Dylan was home with him, I hoped Marshall would be better about eating at daycare, but it took most of the first week for him to get comfortable enough to eat. With me he eats closer to every two hours, but with a bottle he eats closer to three or four hours. I am still breastfeeding and pumping, so Marshall has only been on breastmilk. So far, so good, but once he starts eating more at daycare, we will see how I keep up.

We *fingers crossed* moved out of the colicky phase in the evenings. Overall Marshall has gotten really laid back and easy going. He will easily hang out and watch everyone or just relax for a solid 25 minutes or so in the bouncer chair and sometimes that long lying on the ground. While he enjoys his down time, he generally prefers to be sung or talked to. Whenever you say anything in his direction, he gets a HUGE smile on his face. So stinking cute!

Since we tend to be on the go with Vander, Marshall spends a lot of time in his carrier, including our new Lillebaby carrier.

He loves hanging out with his Super G and Papa.

Dylan and I think Marshall is teething, since he loves chewing on our knuckles and his new teething toys I bought for him. He also tends to be drooly.

Marshall is totally enamored with Vander and loves to watch him.

It has been so much fun with these two. A lot of challenges, but Marshall's new attitude has made things much easier.

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